I've never considered myself to be a particularly crafty or creative person but now and again, I get an idea in my head and my poor family gets dragged along for the ride. Last weekend was all about holly. I needed to make something with holly. Well, it is Christmas and no house is festively dressed without a bit of the green stuff, right?
As we live reasonably close to where an abundance of holly bushes grows, bobble hats, scarves and wellies were donned and off we went, two little pairs of legs scurrying after their very tall and very fast father.
Covering approximately half a mile in roughly 78 minutes, blades of grass were inspected, sticks momentarily cherished and then quickly discarded, and horses and sheep marvelled over. And then marvelled over yet again. And just a little bit more.
With the promise of Nutella milkshakes, we managed to get the terrible two moving again and a basket full of holly clippings later, we headed home (again, very, very slowly) to start creating.
I had a few different ideas that I wanted to try ... a holly wreath, holly/candle centrepiece, place cards, to name but three. But what I finally decided to do was the simplest but loveliest thing of all. Merely encase the beautiful holly leaves in a clear bauble. It took just a couple of minutes to find the appropriate sized leaves and place them in the ball - no glueing, they fit snugly inside and don't move around. I think they'd look lovely as place settings for Christmas dinner but I'm actually going to hang them on our tree.